Family Mediation

Family Mediation is the most cost effective way to sort out the terms of your Divorce.

People agree the terms of their divorce before hand at mediation to save on the legal costs associated with contested court proceedings.

Mediation can be completed at private client family mediation service providers or at the state based family mediation service. There are two types of mediations in Ireland. Sole Mediation and Comediation. Sole mediation is where one mediator works with the parties going through a divorce, legal separation or a family dispute. Comediation is where two or more mediators work with a couple going through the process.

On average mediations have a very high success rate. Globally almost eight out of every ten cases reach a compromise or settle. In resolving matters at through mediators couples can then proceed to court and process their divorce on consent.

Because the divorce is unconsent this means that couples can leap-frog the contested court list and have their application processed more quickly.

In Ireland various institutions train and accredit mediators such as The Mediators Institute of Ireland, Friarylaw, Roundtable and Mediation Forum Ireland. Under legislation The Law Society of Ireland and The Bar Council of Ireland are also entitled to appoint chairpersons to mediate a dispute.

To locate an appropriate practitioner type “family mediation” into Google, Yahoo or one of the main search engines to locate practitioners in your locality.

Many people ask about the similarities between the process and collaborative law. Both are members of the ADR or Appropriate Dispute Resolution family.

In collaborative law the lawyers remain part of the direct negotioations/facilitation. In mediation the mediators remain outside of any advisory capacity and do not give any legal advice. They act as facilitators to help you reach a solution to your own problems.

The practice of ADR is in a very advanced state in jurisdictions such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. Other countries such as the United Kingdom have struggled to fully integrate practice into the legal system.

Ireland by comparison has some catching up to do when compared against other world-wide jursidictions.

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